Complications

Breastfeeding complications are especially important to monitor in the first few days to weeks post-partum. It is important to remind yourself at the beginning that even if complications occur, only very rarely do you actually need to stop breastfeeding. It is also important to remind yourself that in spite of the best intentions and planning and resources, sometimes breastfeeding does not work out and that does not make you a bad mother or a bad doctor. If you are having difficulties, definitely consider a visit with a knowledgeable physician or a lactation consultant. Some of the most common challenges you may face are sore nipples, jaundice, inadequate milk supply, and infections such as mastitis and thrush.

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